Rovers swoop for Italy international Mantellato

Italy international Josh Mantellato has become Hull Kingston Rovers’ third new signing for 2015, after agreeing a three-year deal with Chris Chester’s men.

The Newcastle Knights winger or full-back, who has been a key figure in the New South Wales Cup, is keen to test himself in Super League.

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Mantellato said: “I’ve been a bit of a late bloomer, and my ambition is to come over, cement a regular first-grade spot, and do my bit for the team.

“I’m not coming over for a holiday, I’m coming to test myself. I’ve played in England a couple of times with the Italian national side, and I love how loud the fans are. It’s something I’m looking forward to experiencing every week.”

The 27-year-old has only made two NRL appearances for the Knights, but he said: “Hopefully what I lack in NRL experience I can make up for in other areas.

“I’ve been able to learn from blokes like Akuila Uate, Darius Boyd and the best coach in the business in Wayne Bennett, and if I can bring over some tips from those guys then all being well I can play my part.”

Hull KR coach Chris Chester said: “Josh comes to us highly recommended from Australia and we are thrilled to have him on board for next season.

“He is a player we targeted six or seven weeks ago, and he comes to us as a proven try-scorer and a fantastic goal-kicker.”

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